Highland gets only area wins
The Highland girls and boys were the only winning Nolan County varsity basketball teams on Friday.Both of Highland’s teams played host to Trent in Dis-trict 11-A, Division II action and the girls (4-1) romped to a 71-18 victory, while the boys (1-2) got their first district win, 45-35.Sierra Allen led the Lady Hornets with 20 points while Callie Sandusky had 12, Kara Hughey 11 and Jessica McCain 10. Josh Andrews scored 24 points and Landon Rowlett 17 for the Highland boys.Meanwhile, Blackwell’s teams lost their District 12-A, Division II doubleheader to Garden City. The boys (1-2) fell to Garden City 49-34, and the girls (1-4) lost 58-16. Caleb Magness scored 14 points for the Hornets and Amanda Bullard and Reccie Roland had six points each for the Lady Hornets.The Roscoe girls (7-12) played their District 9-A, Division I opener at Munday and lost, 29-21, while the boys were idle. Jacinda Morales led the girls with 16 points and the Plowgirls’ defense held Munday score-less in the fourth quarter.Sweetwater’s girls (15-10) lost at Mineral Wells, 55-47, and the boys (6-13) also fell at Ballinger, 60-42.The girls, who start Dis-trict 5-3A play Tuesday by hosting Snyder, began slowly against Mineral Wells and trailed 20-12 after the first quarter. The Lady Mustangs cut into the lead in the second period but still trailed by five, 27-22, at halftime. Sweetwater — which got 15 points from Taylor McKoy, 11 from Suede Shirley and 10 from Kendra Crosson — then went on a 10-4 run to take a 32-31 lead midway through the third quarter, but Mineral Wells answered with a 10-2 run to regain a seven-point advantage and held on for the victory.Shirley hit three treys and McKoy one for Sweetwater, which lost for only the sec-ond time in 11 games and first time in 2011. Alicia Finn had six points and Kinsey Browning added five to complete the Lady Mustangs’ scoring.Sweetwater’s boys will have one more tuneup for district this Tuesday when they host San Angelo Lake View. Against Ballinger, the Mustangs also started slow-ly as the hosts jumped out to a 17-4 lead at the end of the opening period and never looked back. Sweetwater was never able to get closer than eight points against the Bearcats from then on. The Mustangs received 19 points from Paxton Kelley, nine from Taylor Jones, seven by Dylon Adames, three from Tino Martinez and two each by Ryan Mercer and Kaleb Hoover.